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Tools for helping journalists create content, keep it relevant and keep up with changing audience behaviour and technological advances.
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Pearltrees

Pearltrees | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Great curation tools for teaming up with people to organise, discover and share the stuff you like. (Different purpose than Scoop.it or Curated.by).

I like this because others can share material with me and, together, we can create peals of information for all to benefit from.

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Klout

Klout | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Check your social media presence. Klout is the standard for influence. Look up your Klout Report to find your influence level, user style, and content.

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TwitterSheep

TwitterSheep | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
More than a bit of fun, this nifty tool 'herds' your followers, checks out what they tweet about and then creates a word cloud of the key words.

Click on a word and then click on 'see your flock' to get to know more about your Twitter network. Great potential for contacts building and news gathering.
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LinkedIn

LinkedIn | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
LinkedIn is an important tool for journalist networking. It strengthens and extends your existing network of trusted contacts. I currently have more than 500 connections and, if you enter your career details carefully LinkedIn can result in work. I have had three contracts through LinkedIn. Here is my site http://www.linkedin.com/in/mediaideas

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Paper.li

Paper.li | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
A daily newspaper built from all the articles, blog posts, videos and photos shared on Twitter or Facebook. You can make your paper out of the tweets of those you follow, a Twitter list or with a #hashtag.

You can also set it to auto-tweet every edition, but be careful, some consider this twitter spam, so I turned my auto-tweet off and, as a result, views and retweets have fallend dramaticially.

I use this a lot in training by getting all participants to tweet with a particular #hashtag and then I create a paper made up of all the tweets with that tag in.

Here is my Paper.li. http://paper.li/helpingmedia

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HootSuite

HootSuite | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
My preferred Twitter aggregator when on the move. From the site's blurb: "HootSuite - Online Social Media Dashboard. With HootSuite, you can monitor keywords, manage multiple Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Ping.fm and WordPress profiles, schedule messages, and measure your success."

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Blackbird Pie

Blackbird Pie | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Grab any tweet by clicking on the date/time and copying the URL. Then stick that URL in Blackbird Pie and click 'bake it' (yes, I know). Then grabe the code and embed the Tweet in your blog story. Neat.

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Twilert

Twilert | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Twilert is a Twitter application that enables you to receive regular email alerts of tweets containing your brand, product, service... well any keyword you like really!

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Magnify.net

Magnify.net | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
The product allows you to gather videos from across the web and build your own video channel free of charge. There is a premium service, too.

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Alkasir

Alkasir | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
For mapping and Circumventing cyber-censorship. Necessary tool in some countries for mapping and circumventing cyber-censorship (recommended by Mats Tiborn - not used it myself). Mats, please add comments.

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NewsCurve.com

NewsCurve.com | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Eagerly awaiting this one. Recommended for addition to the Social Media Kitbag by my good friend Dejan Restak who helped build this.

According to the site's blurb it is "Real-time analytics tool measuring content effectiveness. For bloggers, editors and content creators." Have applied for Beta testing.

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Soundsponge's comment, March 19, 2011 11:18 AM
Thank you Dave for this precious intro.<br/>NewsCurve already works on several big portals. My friend Daniel Bukumirovic and Editor in Chief of Mondo.rs is astonished by the value of this tool for their newsroom which is one of the best in Serbia. <br/>It is also presented in Ringier Serbia and they will use it for Blic.rs which is the most popular news portal in Serbian language. <br/>It's really amazing tool to follow the impact of your content on social networks and take that valuable feedback instantly in your newsroom. <br/>Wouldn't it be nice to know which stories from your front page really make some viral effect and which of them don't deserve that precious place? <br/>It's not enough just to use tools like Google Analytics anymore and watch for pageviews. Today more than anything we want our content to be shared not just viewed. We want to measure it and NewsCurve is created to serve that purpose.<br/>Dejan Restak <br/>NewsCurve Adviser<br/>@soundsponge on Twitter <br/><br/>
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bit.ly

bit.ly | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
A simple URL shortener. Comes with stats to see how your material is being used.

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Tom's Planner

Tom's Planner | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
This looks like a great tool for planning a journalistic project. From the site's blurb "Create and share Gantt charts online with Tom's Planner Gantt chart software. Project Planning Software with drag and drop simplicity." I have been playing with it and it is neat.

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Quora

Quora | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
This was meant to be the Q & A version of Wikipedia, but I have yet to figure out who will make sense of all the random answers. Still, you do get answers and it's great for collaborating. I have signed up and you can check my presence here - although I have only just started. http://www.quora.com/David-Brewer-1
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Soundsponge's comment, March 19, 2011 11:40 AM
It looks like Quora is in a phase of crossing the chasm between early adopters and mainstream. If they pass this phase successfully it will be great value for all of us.
Dejan Restak
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Pixelpipe

Pixelpipe | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Liberate your media! post, upload and share almost anywhere. Thanks to @noodlepie for suggesting this. Just signed up myself and will try.

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noodlepie's comment, March 19, 2011 3:11 AM
I use pixelpipe to distribute different types off content to a large number of destinations with one click. More on how and why here:

http://kigalibackwire.tumblr.com/post/185325006/distribution-process

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Tweetcloud

Tweetcloud | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Another way for journalists to generate word clouds based on what they have said (your Twitter user name) or on topics. Then click on the resulting words to display a list of relevant tweets.

Of course you can then click on the name and try to connect with any interesting contacts or just join the conversations as part of the news gathering and news dissemination process.

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TweetDeck

TweetDeck | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Unlike Hootsuite, which is browser-based, you have to download TweetDeck. It's a great personal browser for staying in touch with what’s happening now, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and more. You can post to multiple sources.

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Livestation

Livestation | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Download the Livestation player to watch live TV and get screen grabs and Tweet them via Twitpic.

This is great for anyone who wants to grab breaking news footage and tweet it using Twitpics. You can then use Storify or Storyful to bring that asset into your reports.

You can also chat with other viewers to gain perspectives and enter the global conversation around breaking news. Livestation can be viewed online, too, at http://www.livestation.com/.

[Declaration of interest: I have helped Livestation as a content strategy consultant and still have an interest in the company.]

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Matt's comment, March 16, 2011 7:09 AM
Al Jazeera, BBC, Press TV, NHK and lots more. I have been using the client for a long time and the screen grab from live feature is very useful. Chatting with viewers around the world to get their reactions to news is also quite insightful.
helpingmedia's comment, March 16, 2011 8:25 AM
Hi Matt, have you found it useful at all in creating stories?
Matt's comment, March 16, 2011 9:51 AM
Yes I have as it gave me background information, ability to talk to people following the story live and get live screen grabs in seconds. Quite useful.
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PeopleBrowsr

PeopleBrowsr | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it

Analyticly by PeopleBrowsr is a data mining, DIY analytics and brand engagement service provider for enterprise brand managers, advertising agencies, social media strategists and hedge fund managers.

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Socialditto

Socialditto | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Embeddable Coversations. Grab any Facebook conversation by clicking on the date. Paste the url that appears into the Socialditto box and click 'ditto'. Then grab the code to embed the Facebook status update into your blog. Neat for putting together an illustrated record of a conversation.

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Postling

Postling | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
A tool that makes it easy to manage all of your social media from a single interface.

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Trunk.ly

Trunk.ly | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Keeping tab of all the links you value and share them. Ties in your Twitter and Facebook feeds and an RSS from your blog.

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Bambuser

Bambuser | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Live video streaming from your mobile phone or webcam (suggested by Mats Tiborn - thanks Mats)

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Curated.by

Curated.by | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Curation tool for adding bundles to share with like minded - they can also add to your bundles. Probably useful for researching news stories.

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Soup

Soup | Social media kitbag | Scoop.it
Microblogging tool for searching publishing and sharing. I prefer Posterous.

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